Since transferring to the NFC West Division in 2002, the Seahawks have won eight of their 12 regular season match-ups with the 49ers. San Francisco hosted division rival Arizona at Candlestick Park in Week 1, where it closed as a one-point underdog to the Cardinals.
NFL odds declared the ‘total’ to be 42.5. 49ers Pro Bowl RB Frank Gore ran 41 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter to give San Francisco a 7-3 lead. With the scored tied 10-10 at halftime, the Cardinals came back in the third quarter and maintained control of the ball for an overwhelming amount of time.
Arizona ended up winning the time of possession battle by a landslide, 37:05 to San Francisco’s 22:55. This helped the Cardinals to secure the 23-13 victory, disgusting NFL betting fans that slammed the Niners at the opener of (+2.5) all the way down to (+1).
The Seattle Seahawks were also a one-point underdog to the Buffalo Bills in their first NFL betting contest of 2008, with the ‘total’ closing at 37.5. After going up 7-0 in the first quarter, the Bills added to their lead when Roscoe Parrish returned a punt 63 yards for a touchdown on a play that will surely be a contender for play of the year; even if it’s very early in the season.
Buffalo kept piling it on, with two Rian Lindell field goals in the second quarter and a pair of touchdowns in the third. The Bills won this football betting contest 34-10 and blew away the NFL betting line by a whooping 23 points.
Football bettors backing the over in the contest were happy to see it cash regardless of the fact that Seattle only managed to contribute 10 of the points. The Seattle Seahawks are 8-point favorites over the San Francisco 49ers in its first home game of the season at beautiful Qwest Field, with the ‘total’ listed at 38.5.
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